The University of Mississippi ( invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement. This position reports to the Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement will be responsible for leadership and coordination of the University of Mississippi’s efforts to create and support a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all members of the community, including students, staff and faculty members, and alumni. The Vice Chancellor will create an infrastructure that facilitates and encourages community engagement, develop partnerships to effectively facilitate transformation, and identify and support target areas to maximize the university’s impact. The Vice Chancellor will work with the chancellor, provost, and other campus leaders to foster a vision for advancing institutional goals and to nurture an inclusive and diverse culture. Duties include high-level coordination and leadership of campus diversity initiatives related to students, faculty, education and research; community relations and outreach; communications; and policy development. It is expected the Vice Chancellor will be eligible for tenure in an academic department. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement’s primary responsibility is to guide efforts to define, assess, foster, and cultivate inclusiveness as an institutional value.


Candidates must have obtained a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree, must demonstrate a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, and must possess the following qualifications: five or more years experience in administration and program-building; a record of unifying leaders from varied institutional and community sectors in the establishment and support of a diverse and inclusive culture; knowledge and understanding of affirmative action and equal opportunity regulations; strategic planning experience; and prior experience developing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives within a large and complex organization.


One hundred sixty years after opening its doors as the state’s flagship university, The University of Mississippi is a growing, vibrant institution that offers nationally ranked academic and research programs. In the past 10 years, the university has produced five Truman, eight Goldwater and six Fulbright scholars, plus one Marshall and one Udall Scholar. The state’s first public university to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the university attracts promising young scholars with a variety of outstanding academic programs, including the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College. Ranked among the nation’s top public research universities by several measures, the university is home to more than 30 research centers. The University of Mississippi is located in Oxford (, in the rolling hills of north Mississippi 80 miles south of Memphis, Tennessee. A city of approximately 19,000 residents, Oxford is a vibrant university town filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants, and historic landmarks.


Starting salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.



Nominations and expressions of interest in making applications should be forwarded to:

Dr. Brandi Hephner LaBanc/Dr. Alice Clark
Co-Chairs, Search Committee
313 Lyceum
The University of Mississippi
University, MS 38677
(662) 915-7583; Fax (662) 915-5202


Applications must be submitted online at and include: (a) letter of interest, including a statement of how the candidate satisfies the position qualifications listed above; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) names, addresses, and phone numbers of five professional references.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the posting announcement will remain open until filled or until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in education and employment for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.